People in Rotherham can now get a test to check if you have COVID-19 (coronavirus) even if they do not have symptoms.
The new rules for Rotherham and the rest of South Yorkshire have been introduced because our infection rate is still too high, and we need to do more to stop people from getting the virus.
Anyone can ask for a test who has not already been tested positive for COVID-19.
Where do I get a test?
There are two mobile testing units in Rotherham: Midland Road old bus depot and Herringthorpe playing fields. These sites are open from 10am to 3.30pm daily, but you must book an appointment first by using the NHS national portal. Ask for a coronavirus test on NHS.UK
Unfortunately, the NHS 119 number is not available for asymptomatic bookings at the moment.
People with symptoms, however mild, can use both the online booking system and the 119 to book a test. Symptoms include:
· a high temperature
· a new, continuous cough
· loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
When requesting a test, you'll be asked for details such as your name, mobile phone number and address.
You can also ask for a testing kit to be posted to you so you can complete the test at home.
What the test involves
The test usually involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud. You can do the swab yourself or someone can do it for you.
What does the result mean?
If you receive a negative result this means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time you were tested. You must still follow the guidelines and exercise caution to prevent you from getting the virus. This means:
· Keeping two metres apart
· Washing your hands often
· And getting another test if you develop any of the symptoms, no matter how mild.
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If you test positive for coronavirus you will need to isolate for seven days. Members of your household will need to isolate for 14 days.
A contact tracer from the NHS Test and Track Service will call, text or email you to ask who you have recently come into contact with and any places you have visited. Once you have done this, everyone you have identified will be alerted by text or email.
If you are a contact of someone with COVID-19
If you have been told by the NHS Test and Trace service that you are a contact of someone with COVID-19, and you live in Rotherham, you must get tested, even if you have not been told to do so previously. This is a special arrangement for people living in South Yorkshire. Also, if you are a known contact you must self-isolate for 14 days even if you get a negative test result as you may still be incubating the infection. Finally, you should then get tested again on day 12 of your isolation period to check you have not developed Coronavirus.
Further details can be found on the GOV.UK website